(Pe*tunse", Pe*tuntse", Pe*tuntze") n. [From Chinese.] Powdered fledspar, kaolin, or quartz,
used in the manufacture of porcelain.
(Pet"worth mar"ble) A kind of shell marble occurring in the Wealden clay at Petworth,
in Sussex, England; called also Sussex marble.
(Petz"ite) n. [From Petz, who analyzed it.] (Min.) A telluride of silver and gold, related to hessite.
(Peu*ced"a*nin) n. (Chem.) A tasteless white crystalline substance, extracted from the
roots of the sulphurwort masterwort and other related plants; called also imperatorin.
(Peu"cil) n. (Chem.) A liquid resembling camphene, obtained by treating turpentine hydrochloride
with lime. [Written also peucyl.]
(Pew) n. [OE. pewe, OF. puie parapet, balustrade, balcony, fr. L. podium an elevated place, a
jutty, balcony, a parapet or balcony in the circus, where the emperor and other distinguished persons
sat, Gr. dim. of foot; hence the Latin sense of a raised place (orig. as a rest or support for the foot).
See Foot, and cf. Podium, Poy.]
1. One of the compartments in a church which are separated by low partitions, and have long seats
upon which several persons may sit; sometimes called slip. Pews were originally made square, but
are now usually long and narrow.
2. Any structure shaped like a church pew, as a stall, formerly used by money lenders, etc.; a box in
theater; a pen; a sheepfold. [Obs.] Pepys. Milton.
Pew opener, an usher in a church. [Eng.] Dickens.
(Pew), v. t. To furnish with pews. [R.] Ash.
(Pe"wee) n. [So called from its note.]
1. (Zoöl.) A common American tyrant flycatcher Called also pewit, and phbe.
2. The woodcock. [Local, U.S.]
Wood pewee (Zoöl.), a bird (Contopus virens) similar to the pewee but of smaller size.
(Pe"wet) n. (Zoöl.) Same as Pewit.
1. One who occupies the same pew with another.
2. An intimate associate; a companion. Shak.
(Pe"wit) n. [Prob. of imitative origin; cf. OD. piewit, D. kievit, G. kibitz.] (Zoöl.) (a) The lapwing.
(b) The European black-headed, or laughing, gull See under Laughing. (c) The pewee. [Written also
peevit, peewit, pewet.]
(Pew"ter) n. [OE. pewtyr, OF. peutre, peautre, piautre: cf. D. peauter, piauter, It. peltro, Sp.
& Pg. peltre, LL. peutreum, pestrum. Cf. Spelter.]
1. A hard, tough, but easily fusible, alloy, originally consisting of tin with a little lead, but afterwards modified
by the addition of copper, antimony, or bismuth.
2. Utensils or vessels made of pewter, as dishes, porringers, drinking vessels, tankards, pots.